Library closed on Juneteenth

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Wednesday, June 19 in commemoration of Juneteenth. We will reopen at the regular time on Thursday, June 20.

Gingerbread Contest! Sponsored by AARP Iowa

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***Update*** Voting is open through Thursday, December 16. Scroll down to vote for your favorites!


Winners will be announced on December 20!

You can also learn more about Accessory Dwelling Units during a virtual program on Wednesday, January 12. A panel of experts will will talk about them and the many names they're known by, such as backyard bungalows, in-law suites, casitas, and more. You can learn why they're great for homeowners and how you go about adding one to your property. 


The grand prize are gift cards with a total value of $300. They will be awarded to the submission with the most overall votes, as chosen by the public.

Sixteen other prizes will be awarded, with gift cards ranging from $50 to $175. Some of these prizes will be awarded to the highest vote-getters in their category, while others will be awarded by judges. More information can be found in the official rules.

Josh Mandelbaum

     Josh Mandelbaum
     Des Moines City Council Member




Connie Boesen

     Connie Boesen
     Des Moines City Council Member




Linda Railey

     Linda Railey
     Local Gingerbread Expert



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Gingerbread Contest Timeline

Dec. 1: Pick up your kit!

Dec. 12: Last day to enter!

Dec. 13-Dec. 16: Vote online for your favorites!

Week of Dec. 20: Winners announced!


See Official Rules HERE.

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